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First a heatwave, then torrential rain and now a twister

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Photo: Start of tornado sighted over Claines. Picture taken by Alan Davies.

May 17, 2007
IT was the moment the start of a tornado developed above Worcester.
As rain lashed the city, the funnel cloud developed near Ombersley and quickly headed for the north of the city.
The event was captured by Worcester News reader Alan Davies, who was at home in Claines when he spotted the funnel cloud in the sky at 4.45pm on Tuesday.
The bizarre phenomenon is the latest in strange weather conditions to hit Worcestershire. Following the warmest and one of the driest Aprils on record - with temperatures in the county reaching a sizzling 24.6C (76.2F) - May has been plagued with heavy rainfall.
Downpours have been so torrential that Malvern was named as the wetttest place in the country at the beginning of this week - with 33mm in the 24 hours to 7pm on Monday.
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By stark contrast, Pershore was the hottest place in the whole of Britain yesterday at 17C (62.6F).
Worcester weatherman Paul Damari said: "We have seen a month's rain fall in 24 hours. All of these weather conditions are down to global warming and this is something we are going to have to start getting used to."
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